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Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8

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Review Date: Jun 21, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $900.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Tilt and Shift! Sharp edge-to-edge and corner-to-corner.
Cons:
Some learning involved (as with anything worth doing).

Bought mine from an FM'er some time ago. I have come to love it, especially for product shots! You can have everything from tea to breakfast in focus or isolate a narrow single band of focus with the rest blurred.

Easy to switch between landscape and portrait modes with the right screwdriver set and requisite care.

It is easily one of the sharpest lenses I own, and that includes the 24-70L and the 70-200 2.8L IS. It is in fact sharper over a broader range than the 24-70. Colors are true, operation smooth.

When shifting the plane of focus, set the exposure before tilting and re-focus afterward.


 
Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2

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Review Date: Oct 28, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $125.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Free of that blasted off-camera cord!
Cons:
Range less than radio units

Bought mine from a fellow FMer. Much of my flash shooting, with a 550EX and a 420EX, and soon to include a 580EX, is done without a flash on-body. Using the off-camera shoe cord limits you to a couple of feet. (Think of light stands being pulled over.) With the ST-E2, you have room to roam. Simple to use. Highly recommended unless you need the extra range provided by something like Pocket Wizard.